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Hello Boutique Relocates to Hamden 

Thursday, February 22, 2018
After decades in downtown New Haven, Hello Boutique has relocated to the beloved nearby Whitneyville neighborhood of Hamden. Situated between The Soup Girl and Whitneyville Market in a brick building with a simple storefront, A store with special clothing and desirable accessories from around the world, Hello Boutique is owned by husband and wife team Greg Catalano and Kristen Herman, who are Hamden residents. Hello Boutique converted the former First Niagara Bank at 1246 Whitney Avenue into a boutique with warehouse and photo studio and have exposed antique tin ceilings, knocked down walls, and are re-purposing fixtures for a warm and functional space. Upon entering the store, Hello Boutique’s shiny industrial copper fixtures create a context with which the American, French, Dutch and Japanese lines can exist within the intimacy of the environment. Two dressing rooms are nestled in a cozy nook off to the side of the store. Labels such as Porto, Planet, Alembika, Bryn Walker, Flax and Moyuru mingle with wood tables, plants and friendly sales help. The basement houses a white-painted photography studio designed for maximal light. There is a raw yet eclectic simplicity to the 2,000-square-foot space.
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Jed Backus appointed to Brd of Directors of NHMR 

Thursday, February 22, 2018
Jed Backus of Hamden has been appointed to the Board of Directors for The New Haven Middlesex Association of REALTORS* (NHMR) for a one year term serving as Vice President.

Jed Backus is the owner of Backus Real Estate, LLC located on Whitney Avenue in Hamden. He has been a Real Estate Broker for 16 years. His firm specializes in Commercial & Residential sales and consulting throughout the state of Connecticut.
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415-417 Mather Street Applications Accepted 

Friday, February 16, 2018
We are pleased to announce Brand New First Class Rental Apartments in Hamden at Rents You can Afford. Applications Accepted as of Friday, February 16th. On Friday February 16, 2018, our official marketing period commences, allowing interested people to apply for one of these wonderful rental apartments. Construction is nearing completion at 415-417 Mather Street in Hamden in a great location, only one block from Dixwell Avenue. Occupancy is expected in early Summer 2018
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Update on Canal Crossing Winter of 2018 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018
As we move in the second month of 2018, Canal Crossing, the 393 unit apartment development on Mather Street has progressed as planned. The third building, the last of Phase One, will be completed in the spring of 2018. The 165 unit first phase includes the clubhouse and the pool for the entire complex. The final completion date for the entire project is 2019.
Of the 114 units open in the first two buildings, 88% of the market rate units are rented. Several of the units designated under the Affordable Housing Program are available in efficiencies and one or two bedrooms. Units under the Affordable Housing Program are typically around 30% less expensive than the market rate units.
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Foster Engineering Opens in Hamden 

Friday, February 2, 2018
Foster Engineering, LLC is a new energy, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and reliability consulting services company for small to large commercial businesses, in addition to local and state municipalities primarily. Founded in Hamden, CT in September 2017, Foster Engineering, LLC seeks to provide needed energy engineering consulting services to new and existing facilities guiding businesses and towns to make practical steps towards energy sustainability with both renewable and non-renewable energy sources through design for energy efficiency and efficiency optimization of existing facilities.
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The Changing Face of the Economy and How It Affects Hamden 

Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Technology has forever changed the local, state and national economy. It affects retail trade, services that we buy and products that we have come to know.

The landscape of retail continues to change. The list keeps getting longer for stores that are closing in the northeast and across the country. According to MoneyMagazine.com and many other publications, it is anticipated that over 25% of all shopping malls in the United States will likely CLOSE by the year 2022. This change in the retail marketplace began slowly and then accelerated quickly with the growth of the on-line marketplace. The last few years have been dominated by Amazon, who has changed the retail marketplace because of innovations such as Amazon Prime.
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It Was a Busy 2017 in Economic Development in Hamden! 

Wednesday, January 3, 2018
It’s time to look back on what we have accomplished over the last year. We often go through the holidays thinking about what we are doing after the New Year’s celebration. So let’s look at what actually happened in 2017 and what is in the pipeline for 2018. The Hamden economy is affected by the state and national economy. Given those influences, we have been fortunate to have not lost any significant amount of businesses or jobs in 2017. I believe that this is based on the diversity of our businesses and our efforts to retain them under our Business Cluster Program. Hamden’s unemployment rate is always roughly a half percent lower than the region as a whole, but workforce development remains the most important issue for employers. The unemployment rate keeps getting lower, creating new challenges in meeting employer’s needs.
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It's National Write a Business Plan Month 

Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Its National Write a Business Plan Month by the SBA. See the link below. Did you know that Hamden has a Business Assistance Center that coaches you on how to write your business plan. Go to http://hamden-ct.com/Content/Buiness_Assistance_Center.asp for more information. https://www.sba.gov/…/pl…/write-your-business-plan-template…
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Hamden Economic Development Commission Begins Planning for 2018 

Tuesday, December 19, 2017
As 2017 comes to a close, the Hamden Economic Development Commission will soon begin discussions on a new plan for Economic Development for when the current plan runs out on June 30th, 2018. The current plan can be found on the department’s web page at www.hamden-ct.com. Since 1998, there has continuously been a 2-3 year economic development plan offering incentives for business retention and attraction, while expanding technical assistance programs. The programs and services have assured a strong program for business attraction and business retention. The plan is amended and reapproved at each expiration date by the Economic Development Commission and the Town Legislative Council.
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Hamden Auto Body Celebrates Expansion 

Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Hamden Auto Body a family owned business on Dixwell Avenue for 25 years recently expanded. Hamden Auto Body invested over $700,000 in interior and exterior improvements. Hamden Auto Body received business incentives from the Town of Hamden through the Business Incentive Program.

Hamden Auto Body performs all aspects of collision repair on all makes and models including framework, mechanical, electrical, body and refinish. Hamden Auto body will handle your insurance claim from A to Z, from calling in your claim to arranging final payment. Hamden Auto Body's staff is committed to making your collission repair experience as smooth and painless as possible including on-site rentals with Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

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